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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A roundup of special events commemorating the legacy of the civil rights leader

January 13th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana News

Beverly Webb places a candle in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 17th annual African American Voice: An Evening of Performance with Special Moments for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday at the Regional Arts Center. (Photo by Tiffany Brown)


  •    8 a.m. The Ozan-Inghram and Iron Mountain Neighborhood Development Corporation, along with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration Committee, will be holding the 26th Annual Prayer Breakfast at Lonoke Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1814 Lonoke Ave., Texarkana, Ark. For more information, call (903) 244-0996

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 2018 MLK Leaders Conference that begins Friday night resumes at Levi Hall on the Texarkana College campus.



  •     4 p.m. Churches in Hope, Ark., will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program in the Johnny Rapert Auditorium on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Hope.

The theme is "Empowering the Generations to Live the Dream." Guest speaker is Dr. Juanita Mitchell, director of the Southern Arkansas Tech Career Academy.

Host churches and pastors are the Rev. Monette Shaw of Beebe Memorial CME Church, Rev. Deborah Cotledge of Mount Pleasant CME Church and Rev. Catrina Ward of Mt. Zion CME Church.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

  •     7 p.m. The Ozan-Inghram and Iron Mountain Neighborhood Development Corporation, along with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration Committee will present the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Black Tie Acts of Kindness Gala at the Twin City Event Center at 2101 Texas Blvd.



  •     10 a.m. The Ozan-Inghram and Iron Mountain Neighborhood Development Corporation will hold a youth service at Lonoke Baptist Church,
  •     11 a.m. Bridging the Gaps of Arkansas will hold the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Downtown Texarkana.
  •     1 p.m. The Greater Texarkana NAACP will host a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 1 p.m. at Dunbar Elementary School hosted by the Greater Texarkana NAACP. The theme is Advancing the Dream.

Terry Taylor will be the guest speaker. Other guests include the Twin City Chapter of Top Teens, The Scholars, Bridging the Gap and special music by Zion District Youth Choir. Travion Taylor will showcase his tap dancing skills.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will present the six principles of nonviolence in the annual candle lighting ceremony. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Melva Flowers at 903-244-1963 or Robert Jones at 903-278-7248.

  •     5 p.m. Southern Arkansas University will hold the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial march and ceremony. The march will begin at the parking lot of the old Miller's Cafeteria on Vine Street and continue down University Street to SAU's Reynolds Center. Ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Derick Easter, pastor of New St. Hurricane Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark.
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